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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • maggie

    im having the same problem. im despro to get pregnant and ive only had my depo shot once, im not planning on going back for my 2nd one. please tell me how u did it. my next jab is due in 8 days. but i wanna get pregnant asap

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  • teetee

    I been on the depo shot for a little over 2 years. I was wondering how long it would take for me to conceive

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  • miriah

    i took the first trial of the depo shot in july and was due for my next one in september 30th, now its oct 20 and im tryimg to concieve , how long will it take. since i only took one shot and discontiuned it

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  • Ashlynn.Drew

    Me and my Fiance want to get pregnant in the next few months. My depo shot runs out next week (October 29th). Will it be possible to get pregnant by January or February? Maybe even sooner than that?

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  • Tracy lee

    I have been off the shots since last year in April i have been trying to have a baby what do i need to do.

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  • Mz Dee

    Before i was on the depo shot for 3yrs after i had my son..then after i stopped the depo i didnt have a period for over 5 yrs…once it finally came like clock work every month for 3days for the past 3yrs…i was really scared that i didnt get a period after depo for 5yrs is that normal? Now im having trouble conceiving. Is there a blood test i should ask for to check my levels?

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  • Khalesah

    Yes i have the same thing, there is not 12 days for me. I think i had 2 depo shots and im getting my third one today i thought i was pregnant because i been having signs of early pregnancy then my whole mind changed when i started looking things up. i want to get pregnant but i might have to wait a very long time which sucks, cause my boyfriend’s sister wants to be a aunt so bad and i want to be a mom bad too, but im getting a pregnancy test done today as well i toke two hpt both came out negative i thought it was because i had the first response test that test you 6 days before your missed period i didn’t have the regular one

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  • hopeful mommy to be

    If I was bleeding for the last month in between shots while on the shot are my chances of pregnancy higher now that I’ve been off for four months?

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